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The Daviator
Apr 16th, 2009, 06:53 PM
Sportswoman of the year - Venus Williams

Breakthrough of the year - Ana Ivanovic

http://www.laureus.com/awards/2009/nominees

Congrats girls! :D

ElusiveChanteuse
Apr 16th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Don't think both will win but good luck.:)

Dexter
Apr 16th, 2009, 06:57 PM
Let the bitching about Ana commence. Go!

Dave.
Apr 16th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Congrats Ana & Venus! Hope they win it :bounce:

Miss Amor
Apr 16th, 2009, 07:03 PM
I hope both the ladies win it.

Ana should remember to take the correct acceptance speech with her.

tennisIlove09
Apr 16th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Good luck Venus :D

SOA_MC
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:00 PM
I hope both the ladies win it.

Ana should remember to take the correct acceptance speech with her.

:lol:

But neither will win, not when they are up against olympians

joćo.
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Breakthrough of the year? wut. :weirdo:
Anyway, I hope both of them win! :)

Mightymirza
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:08 PM
They both should win an award together :lol: Ana's first half and Vees 2nd

Jocki_BG
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:08 PM
I hope venus wins it :)

Ana... no comment.

iGOAT
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:13 PM
:spit:

Serena was better than Venus, and breakthrough for Ajde is just no :confused:

Anyhow I hope both win :p (and yes Ajde too, I hate her as a TENNIS player, but tennis players still get priority :p)

Costanza
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Anci:worship:
They forgot to nominee Junkovich:spit:

The Dawntreader
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Ana's breakthrough was in 2007;)

Costanza
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:17 PM
:spit:

Serena was better than Venus, and breakthrough for Ajde is just no :confused:

Anyhow I hope both win :p (and yes Ajde too, I hate her as a TENNIS player, but tennis players still get priority :p)

:cuckoo:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Breakthrough of the year? wut. :weirdo:
Anyway, I hope both of them win! :)

So true! Winning a Grand Slam can not - under no circumstances - be considered a breaktrough!:o:weirdo:


Congrats to both of them:yeah:

bobbynorwich
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:37 PM
Weird, both Ana and Novak Djokovic nominated for "breakthrough year" --- 2 years too late.

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Good luck Venus.

Here's the write-up about Venus from the Laureus website:

Nominee 2009 - Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Venus Williams


Won her fifth Wimbledon title in 2008 when she beat her sister Serena in the final in straight sets. She also won the Olympic doubles gold medal in Beijing with Serena for the second time. She has now won more Olympic gold medals than anyone - winning singles and doubles in Sydney in 2000 as well as her success in Beijing. A 14 year veteran on tour, she has won 39 career Women's Tennis Association titles, which includes 16 Grand Slams - seven in singles, seven in women's doubles and two in mixed doubles. She is only behind Martina Navratilova (9) and Steffi Graf (7) as the most successful Wimbledon singles champion in history.

The Daviator
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Novak was nominated for breakthrough last year and again this year :smash:

Craig.
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Novak was nominated for breakthrough last year and again this year :smash:

:spit: Talk about inconsistency.

Princeza
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:46 PM
Hoping for a fistpump when she wins.

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:47 PM
So true! Winning a Grand Slam can not - under no circumstances - be considered a breaktrough!:o:weirdo:

Winning a GS by defeating nobody and then losing to world #133, #94 and #188 in consecutive tournaments? No it can't.

GavinC360
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Congrats to Venus and Ana!

The Daviator
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Winning a GS by defeating nobody and then losing to world #133, #94 and #188 in consecutive tournaments? No it can't.

Nobody?

How about 2 players who would go on to be ranked #1 in the next 12 months :lol:

Oh I forgot, everyone besides the WS are 'nobodies'.

Craig.
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:54 PM
Nobody?

How about 2 players who would go on to be ranked #1 in the next 12 months :lol:

Oh I forgot, everyone besides the WS are 'nobodies'.

And Sharapova of course :hearts:

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Nobody?

How about 2 players who would go on to be ranked #1 in the next 12 months :lol:

wta sucks :shrug:

Balltossovic
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Go Ana!!!!:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

The Daviator
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:00 PM
And Sharapova of course :hearts:

Masha :inlove:

wta sucks :shrug:

Well that's true, but it was a still a breakthrough :banana:

VIKA?
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Go Ana:rocker:

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Ana's breakthrough year was definitely 2007. That was when she played some great tennis throughout almost the whole season.

SOA_MC
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:05 PM
Nobody?

How about 2 players who would go on to be ranked #1 in the next 12 months :lol:

Oh I forgot, everyone besides the WS are 'nobodies'.

And the 2 players who won the two lead up clay tournaments, a fact that everybody conveniently forgets about

Balltossovic
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:07 PM
Ana hatershttp://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-taunt007.gif

ElusiveChanteuse
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:10 PM
:lol: Myriam.:p
I think Novak has better chances than Ana to win the award.:shrug:
Venus, well, at least she's won a slam and YEC, Olympic gold in dubs...maybe 30% shot of winning.:shrug:

Edy.
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Ana :) Good luck :)

Balltossovic
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Nole didn't get to number one though:unsure:

The Daviator
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:13 PM
Objectively speaking, Adlington should win breakthrough, Nole probably will which sucks since he was nominated for this last year, how many breakthroughs can you have :o

Nikkiri
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Good luck to both of them :yeah: :)

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Nobody?

How about 2 players who would go on to be ranked #1 in the next 12 months :lol:

Oh I forgot, everyone besides the WS are 'nobodies'.

:lol:

And the 2 players who won the two lead up clay tournaments, a fact that everybody conveniently forgets about

So true, :yeah:

Renalicious
Apr 17th, 2009, 06:20 AM
LOL. What weird choices for nominations.

Lin Lin
Apr 17th, 2009, 06:23 AM
Sportswoman of the year - Venus Williams,I think Serena was better last year:shrug:

Lin Lin
Apr 17th, 2009, 06:24 AM
Who else will compete with Venus for the sportswoman?:confused:

Davodus
Apr 17th, 2009, 06:45 AM
good luck to both of them :yeah:

oh and ana's nomination is for "breakthrough of the year" not "breakthrough year"
winning a Grand slam and getting to number 1 is a pretty good breakthrough, regardless of how shit she was after that :shrug:

Direwolf
Apr 17th, 2009, 06:57 AM
GO WTA !!!

hope they win everything
deserving or not!!

thegreendestiny
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:25 AM
Venus for Sportswoman of the year and Ana for Breakthrough of the Year! :worship:

eck
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:29 AM
Serena? :o (Legit question, not that Serena? joke)

Lin Lin
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:30 AM
A new thread about this:lol:

Mashabator
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:36 AM
thats not really a bombshell

Cp6uja
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:57 AM
If winning 1st slam and reach #1 in same season is really "not big deal" breakthrough - why in whole tennis history only 11 tennis players do that (Ana is first since 2003) and only Steffi Graf and Martina Hingins are Younger than Ana Ivanovic when achieve careers breakthrough like that?

1974 Jimmy Connors
1978 Martina Navratilova
1987 Steffi Graf (under-21)
1997 Martina Hingis (under-21)
1998 Lindsay Davenport
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov
2000 Marat Safin (under-21)
2001 Jennifer Capriati
2003 Justine Henin, J.C.Ferero, Andy Roddick

2008 Ana Ivanovic (under-21)


BTW If Venus Williams 2008 achievements (Wimbledon Title, YEC Title, OG-Doubles Gold) is enough for sportwomen of the year nomination, why people here so complain b/c Ana Ivanovic nomination for less-level award (breakthrough of the year) if her 2008 achievements are pretty similar with Venus (Roland Garros title, Debut at WTA #1, Australian Open final)???

MaBaker
Apr 17th, 2009, 09:31 AM
They forgot to nominee Junkovich:spit:
:hug:

Dandy_Warhol
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:34 AM
http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv137/psp358/gifs/ivanovic-trophies.gif

Golovinjured.
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:08 PM
Congrats to them both! :worship:

schorsch
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:12 PM
:tape:

venus? -__-' holy crap... if so then serena... but not venus :weirdo:

thegreendestiny
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:34 PM
Goodluck to Venus. Although i am almost certain that the award will go to Isinbayeva.

Goodluck to Ana too though I wouldn't really call it a breakthrough year for her as her real breakthrough was 2007. 2008 was her "peak" year.

vettipooh
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Venus and Ana :hatoff: Way to go ladies!! :hearts:

Ben.
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:47 PM
Congrats to both girls for being nominated :yeah: both of them are my faves so I can't complain, unlike others :lol:

Balltossovic
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Goodluck to Venus. Although i am almost certain that the award will go to Isinbayeva.

Goodluck to Ana too though I wouldn't really call it a breakthrough year for her as her real breakthrough was 2007. 2008 was her "peak" year.
She wasn't nominated for breakthrough year. She was nominated for breakthrough OF the year...... there's a HUGE difference.

Infiniti2001
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Weird, both Ana and Novak Djokovic nominated for "breakthrough year" --- 2 years too late.

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Good luck Venus.

Here's the write-up about Venus from the Laureus website:

Nominee 2009 - Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Venus Williams


Won her fifth Wimbledon title in 2008 when she beat her sister Serena in the final in straight sets. She also won the Olympic doubles gold medal in Beijing with Serena for the second time. She has now won more Olympic gold medals than anyone - winning singles and doubles in Sydney in 2000 as well as her success in Beijing. A 14 year veteran on tour, she has won 39 career Women's Tennis Association titles, which includes 16 Grand Slams - seven in singles, seven in women's doubles and two in mixed doubles. She is only behind Martina Navratilova (9) and Steffi Graf (7) as the most successful Wimbledon singles champion in history.

Congratulations, and good Luck Miss Venus, and Miss Ana :bigclap:

bad_angel_109
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:46 PM
woohoo! go ana! :D

thegreendestiny
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:52 PM
She wasn't nominated for breakthrough year. She was nominated for breakthrough OF the year...... there's a HUGE difference.

What I meant was, she should have been nominated for the same category last year and not this year.

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Doesn't make any difference.
Ana became an established top-player and slam contender in 2007. Her wins in 2008 were totally expected.
If they just had to choose someone from WTA in a breakthrough of the year category they should have picked Safina.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:54 PM
if isinbayeva doesn't win that award for sportswoman then this award is a sham :( but how is serena not up for this award over venus :scratch: oh well


and ana up for breakthrough OF the year...so yes it's a logical and accurate nomination since she brokethough to win her FIRST slam :) well done ana...hope you win :) dunno who else is up for it though so :)

thegreendestiny
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Doesn't make any difference.
Ana became an established top-player and slam contender in 2007. Her wins in 2008 were totally expected.
If they just had to choose someone from WTA in a breakthrough of the year category they should have picked Safina.

Exactly. :p

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Doesn't make any difference.
Ana became an established top-player and slam contender in 2007. Her wins in 2008 were totally expected.
If they just had to choose someone from WTA in a breakthrough of the year category they should have picked Safina.

your logic for discounting ana applies to safina since she's been around the same or longer and really just finally became consistent :shrug:

Balltossovic
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:57 PM
What I meant was, she should have been nominated for the same category last year and not this year.
Do you really think 2007 was a bigger year for her than 2008:unsure:

She made two major finals and won a major in 08. (Not to mention getting to number one even though she went down hill from there, she was still number one for 12 weeks) 2007 is no where near as big as 2008 IMO

thegreendestiny
Apr 17th, 2009, 01:57 PM
if isinbayeva doesn't win that award for sportswoman then this award is a sham :( but how is serena not up for this award over venus :scratch: oh well


Venus's 5th Wimbledon is considered to be more important than Serena's achievements last year. In the perspective of Sports in general, bar the tennis fanatics, winning Wimbledon is the most important. The fact that Venus had won her 5th title surpasses Serena's achievements.

Balltossovic
Apr 17th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Doesn't make any difference.
Ana became an established top-player and slam contender in 2007. Her wins in 2008 were totally expected.
If they just had to choose someone from WTA in a breakthrough of the year category they should have picked Safina.
Just because the wins were expected does NOT mean they were guaranteed to happen.
Everyone "expected" Juju to win the FO did that happen??
And that would make NO sense at all considering Ana's year was better than Safina's and Ana BEAT Safina to win her first slam.

Vanity Bonfire
Apr 17th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Was it a breakthrough for FHM sales?

Isinbayeva FTW!!!!

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 17th, 2009, 02:06 PM
"Breakthrough" is not the same as the best year.
Well, at least I always thought breakthrough means you were nobody/average a year ago and then turned into one of big guns. That's what happened with Ana in 2007 and Dinara in 2008.

lympyisthebest
Apr 17th, 2009, 02:19 PM
I'm not too sure how they determine the "breakthrough" award. Mauresmo won the "breakthrough" in '07, but she was considered an elite athlete well before then.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:08 PM
a breakthrough means you've always had the ability to do it and now you've finally done it...kim's real breakthrough came when she finally won us open...had she or mauresmo never won their slams they would have always been "slam potential turned into nothing" :shrug:

joćo.
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:12 PM
a breakthrough means you've always had the ability to do it and now you've finally done it...kim's real breakthrough came when she finally won us open...had she or mauresmo never won their slams they would have always been "slam potential turned into nothing" :shrug:

But didn't Ana start to slump when she finally won RG? :weirdo:

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:14 PM
a breakthrough means you've always had the ability to do it and now you've finally done it...kim's real breakthrough came when she finally won us open...had she or mauresmo never won their slams they would have always been "slam potential turned into nothing" :shrug:

Ana became a top-player at 19, won a slam at 20. It's not like she had to wait for decades to finally win the biggest prize.

Princeza
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:14 PM
Was it a breakthrough for FHM sales?


:tears:

Balltossovic
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:15 PM
But didn't Ana start to slump when she finally won RG? :weirdo:
That's the most important part of what you said:)

slamchamp
Apr 17th, 2009, 03:51 PM
fakeanovic:hearts:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:20 AM
Ana became a top-player at 19, won a slam at 20. It's not like she had to wait for decades to finally win the biggest prize.

if breakthrough was dependent on waiting YEARS to win then that would disqualify a lot of people...the same way that elena will not have a breakthrough until she wins a major, ana was always a threat until she turned the threat into winning...kim was always a threat to win, but as i said, the breakthrough happened by actually WINNING...and yes she may have slumped, mauresmo may have slumped, kim, myskina may have slumped, but breakthrough just means you finally won big...when you sustain winning big titles in whatever sport then you get to be sportswoman/man as isinbayeva :shrug:

Balltossovic
Apr 18th, 2009, 01:26 AM
Kimmy your oath:spit:

:worship: Love it!!!:rolls:

AkademiQ
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:05 AM
Good luck to Ana.

youizahoe
Apr 18th, 2009, 05:54 AM
Okay that's weird. I would put Serena and Azarenka. Ana has already broken through like 2 years ago. She did win her first GS last year, but after that she certainly didn't make a breakthrough in terms of wins. But anyway, lets hope at least one wins an award :)